Mona Kuhn, Portrait 37, 2011, 15x15 inches, Chromogenic die coupler print From Bordeaux Series, Published by Steidl
Mona Kuhn's Portrait 37 from the Bordeaux Series is included in The Getty Museum exhibition Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs. The museum acquired Portrait 37 in 2013.
The Museum’s photographs collection celebrates its 35th anniversary this year and the Unseen exhibition showcases photographs never before displayed at the Getty. From 19th-century European and American photographs from the early days of the medium, to contemporary works produced around the world, this exhibition highlights the breadth and depth of the collection. As curators share and juxtapose their favorite images, viewers are invited to make their own visual associations between photographs from different times and places.
Jim Ganz, senior curator at The Getty Museum said:
'We expect the exhibition to hold a particularly significant place in the department’s history. Since its founding thirty-five years ago, our collection of photographs has inspired more than 160 exhibitions at the Getty. Though these shows have illuminated the vast mosaic of our holdings, only a small percentage of the collection, which now numbers over 140,000 photographs, has ever been placed on public display. With Unseen, our entire curatorial team has collaborated on unearthing an array of treasures, none of which has been exhibited here before.
This exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity to show [Kuhn's] photograph Portrait 37, which entered our collection in 2013. It will be in conversation with works by other important contemporary artists who have engaged with the complexities of gender and sexuality in their work, such as Lyle Ashton Harris, Helmut Newton, and Herb Ritts. We are honored to represent your work and to be able to share this piece with our public for the first time.'